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January 31, 2019 | Daily News

The House Energy & Commerce Committee announced that for the first time it will hold a hearing on the controversial case to undo the Affordable Care Act.

January 29, 2019 | Daily News

The parties appealing Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling in the high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act now have until Feb. 8 to respond to House Democrats’ motion to intervene at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Philadelphia on Friday (Jan. 25) signed onto the multi-city lawsuit that alleges the administration violated the Constitution’s “take care” clause by acting to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

Officials with Families USA wrote in a Health Affairs blog Thursday (Jan. 24) that CMS needs to rewrite the objective of Medicaid to successfully respond to legal challenges to Medicaid work requirements, as advocates for those suing over the requirements say the coverage losses in Arkansas, and expected losses in Kentucky, show that the waivers do not further the point of the program.

January 24, 2019 | Daily News

D.C. federal district court judge John Bates showed interest in the Democratic attorneys general’s complaints challenging the Trump administration’s expansion of association health plans, repeatedly saying during Thursday’s hearing that the administration’s underlying intention in the rule was to modify the Affordable Care Act, not the definition of an employer under ERISA.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

The judge overseeing the federal lawsuit challenging Kentucky’s plan to implement Medicaid work requirements denied a request from the Department of Justice to put the case indefinitely on hold during the partial government shutdown.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

In a win for the generic drug industry, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Tuesday (Jan. 22) that secret sales of inventions start the one-year clock to file patents.

January 22, 2019 | Daily News

Federal DC District Judge John Bates is slated to hear oral arguments Thursday (Jan. 24) on the Department of Justice’s motion to dismiss or move to judgment the lawsuit brought by 12 Democratic attorneys general over the Trump administration’s final association health plan (AHP) rule.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Attorney General nominee William Barr in his Tuesday (Jan. 15) confirmation hearing told Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) that he is open to reconsidering the Department of Justice’s decision to not fully defend the Affordable Care Act against a constitutional challenge from 20 GOP-led states.

January 15, 2019 | Daily News

Several Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday (Jan. 15) about CMS’ authority to issue legal interpretations that affect Medicare reimbursements without going through notice-and-comment rulemaking.

January 14, 2019 | Daily News

A Pennsylvania district court judge on Monday (Jan. 14) issued a nationwide injunction blocking the implementation of two Trump administration rules that would loosen the Affordable Care Act’s requirements that employers cover contraceptive services by allowing those employers to claim moral or religious exemptions.

January 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as expected, granted the Department of Justice’s request to stay proceedings in the high-profile case over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act due to the ongoing government shutdown.

January 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice is asking a federal appeals court in Texas to pause proceedings in the case over the Affordable Care Act due to the ongoing government shutdown.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Supreme Court on Monday (Jan. 7) heard oral arguments on a drug labeling case over whether drug maker Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. should be held liable for injury to consumers even after FDA rejected the company’s proposal to include on its drug label warnings about potential fractures that could be caused by the osteoporosis drug Fosamax.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice Friday (Jan. 4) filed a motion in Texas district court stating it would appeal Fifth Circuit Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling that the entire Affordable Care Act is invalid because the individual mandate is no longer constitutional and cannot be severed from the law.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

The new power split in Washington means much of 2019 will be spent on congressional oversight of the Trump administration’s health care actions, starting with its decision to not fully defend the health law from a constitutional challenge, as well as hearings on potential next steps in transforming the health system but likely little action.

January 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Department of Justice On Friday (Jan. 4), pointing to the ongoing government shutdown, asked a Texas district court to hold off on any briefings on House Democrats’ Thursday (Jan. 3) motion to intervene in the high-profile case over the ACA. DOJ tells the court it opposes the House motion, but will not be able to respond by the Jan. 24 deadline because of the lapse in appropriations.

January 03, 2019 | Daily News

The group of Democratic attorneys general intervening to fully defend the Affordable Care Act from the constitutional challenge have formally appealed Texas U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s controversial decision that, if upheld, would strike the entire law.

January 02, 2019 | Daily News

A federal district court last week rejected the government’s request to pause action on a lawsuit over the final association health plan rule due to the government shutdown, pointing out that the Department of Labor, which is still fully funded, is primarily responsible for compiling the administrative record.

January 02, 2019 | Daily News

A federal judge is asking the state of Maryland and the federal government to comment on whether a Texas district court’s move to officially pause the controversial ruling on the Affordable Care Act has an effect on the state’s related case.

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